Tom Hodgkinson: I get such a buzz out of beekeeping

Victoria started keeping bees three years ago, and the experience has not always been a happy one. When my wife and I opened up our two hives at around this time last year, we found the corpses of 10,000 bees glued to the frames inside. A combination of the very cold winter and varroa – the little mite that has been causing beehives to collapse around the world – had done for them, poor things. So Victoria decided to solicit the help of the local beekeeping group, and Roy became our adviser.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Lovers of TV's Mad Men will feel very much at home amid the styling and fashions of this excellent Northern Stage and Sheffield Theatres co-production of Edward Albee's early 1960s American-dream-about-to-turn-sour classic.

Whoopi Goldberg was high for Oscar win

Whoopi Goldberg smoked cannabis before accepting her Oscar in 1991.

Ricotta with honey and balsamico

Years ago in Sicily I experienced freshly made ricotta and I have remembered its unique flavour ever since. So during our recent trip to Modena, we made time to visit Matteo Panini who produces 12 wheels of cheese a day from his organic herd of cattle, and were lucky enough to try his ricotta, which is made from the whey after the Parmesan has been made – and it evoked the buttery, creamy memory of that fresh ricotta all those years ago.

Little beauties: Skye Gyngell's favourite 'oat cuisine' recipes

They may be only tiny grains, but the versatility of oats is out of all proportion to their size – and they form the basis of some of my favourite treats, says Skye Gyngell

Bircher muesli

Makes 8 servings

Through the Language Glass, By Guy Deutscher

This dazzling work on "the most down-to-earth level of everyday language" starts by quoting WE Gladstone: when he wasn't being PM, or rescuing fallen women, he was an expert classicist.

Freekeh and honey slices

Makes about 15-20

The workers who risk their lives for honey

For those who are forced to venture into a tiger reserve just to scrape by, life is far from sweet

Diamond Star Halo, By Tiffany Murray

The mixed blessings of growing up in the Seventies have been the subject of any number of memorable novels, but Tiffany Murray's new book is one of the few to give the adjective "kooky" back its good name.

Business Diary: The Betfair Twitter mystery solved

Betfair's mysterious Twitter page turns out to be a marketing experiment. As the Diary has reported over the past week or so, the online poker company's official Twitter page spews out a stream of bizarre messages every day, none of them related to gambling. Now Richard Bloch, its international PR manager, explains: "It took us a while to work out how Twitter worked – we realised people don't want to be bored with links to the website and bombarded with marketing, so we had to mix it up and provide information as well as something interesting." It seems to be working: Betfair has 7,000 followers so far.

Lifting 'fallen giants' out of the dark

Flowers and Elliott were at World Cup 98 – now they manage Stafford in front of 350 diehards. They explain why to Phil Shaw

Pagan prisoners allowed to celebrate religious festivals

Pagan prisoners will be allowed to celebrate four festivals next year which involve lactating sheep and promiscuity.

Les Deux Salons, 40-42 William IV Street, London, WC2

The word is out. Which means you'll have a fight on your hands if you want to get a seat at Les Deux Salons
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